Bill King en Family, Communications and journalism Industrial UltrasonicTechnician • LTI 11/6/2018 · 2 min de lectura · 3,2K

COUNTRY, Ma Kind of Music

First, no jokes about what happens when you play a country song backwards!COUNTRY, Ma Kind of Music

I was raised by a father who loved the blues, jazz and the Beatles. My mother was a different story. She raised me on Country. I don't know if it's the fact it was my mothers favorite type of music, so I just associate it with the heart, or if it's the lyrics and timing of the songs but Country is the music I always associate with heart.  When I think back to any particular event in my life or happy time there always seems to me a country song connected to it. Country may not be as popular a genera world wide as rock, metal, pop or even classical however I don't know if there is another that can fill the soul with feeling. 

It may have been my Ma or the Japanese concept of ma which may be the answer to why I believe Country is about heart. Many believe westerners sense time differently. We don't enjoy space or emptiness.

This could be true for certain regions of the west. I am uncertain if it could be said to be a universal truth. My favorite American sport, baseball, is filled with ma. The blank parts of the game, between pitches, allows our imagination to experience the beauty of ma. The spaces allow the anticipation to grow adding something more to that double play or stolen base with nothing as the backdrop.

Country as a genera of  music may have a different sense of time than other music. There are gaps and in those gaps our hearts may experience the beauty of the thoughts the artists are singing on either side. 

 Which song to share in my ma buzz?  I couldn't decide which video would be appropriate for the post so I let the universe decide. While this buzz was still a draft a coworker tapped me on the shoulder to ask me the name of a song I was listening to. I was listening to the country channel and I knew his preference was more Motown. When I turned to answer him he had a small tear in his eye. 

The song was "I loved Her First" (Below). I've been listening to the song for years. He however never heard the song before but had a daughter attending collage in her first serious relationship. Chad told me he and his wife were starting to discus the possibility of a wedding for their only daughter. He said he wanted to save the song for their father/daughter dance. 

Every time I hear the next country song on the radio I think "Oh my favorite song." So I don't think the six songs below could be considered my favorite. They are all songs though I have been tapped on  the shoulder by friends, family members or complete strangers and asked who's the artist or what's the name of that song. Read the titles and pick one with a title you feel a connection with then listen. If you can't decide I would suggest the one Chad picked for the share.


Kenny Chesney - Don't Blink


Heartland ~ I loved her first

Lonestar - I'm Already There

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Alan Jackson - Remember When

Bill King 14/6/2018 · #29

#28 Thank you once again @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and thank you very much for the share.


Even though I prefer other types of music, there are country music songs and artists I enjoy. I find some country music soothing and for me, it brings on memories of quieter and more innocent times. I love this post! Thank you for sharing.

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli 13/6/2018 · #27

#26 "Talk to me my long lost friend, tell me how you are..." ...the feeling goes into overdrive right about here for me ;) Thanks Bill...cheers to great music and the singing legends of yore!

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Bill King 13/6/2018 · #26

#25 Just the lyrics of that Neil Young song are a BUZZ
"People say don't rock the boat,
let things go their own way
Ideas that once seem so right,
now have gotten hard to say"

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli 13/6/2018 · #25

#24 Wow, Bill, that's a super-cool tribute to the God of Blues! Rockin' in the free World...oh yeah...the acoustic and the electric one both...always on my playlist. That song gets more relevant by the day, sadly. There's another song that always goes around in the noddle whenever I miss some old friends...''Days that used to be...'' from that Mansion on the Hill album/collection of NY.

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Bill King 13/6/2018 · #24

#22 Thanks for the comment Praveen, I don;t know if I ever heard of the line about Blues singers but it sure fits. My sons name is Billy Blake in honer of my dads favorite artist, B, B. King. I asked my wife if we had a girl could we call her Lucille after BB's guitar, She was not as fond of that idea. Neil Young and Pearl Jam would be a great concert. Love Rockin' In The Free World

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Praveen Raj Gullepalli 13/6/2018 · #22

Nothing like country music to soothe the sore heartstrings or even just revel in the joys of nature and relationships! And Blues as they say is nuthin' but a good man feelin' bad :)

Am sure you would be surprised to know there have been millions of country music lovers on our subcontinent Bill...since childhood days most of us were hooked by the voices of John Denver, Kenny Rogers, CSNY, NY, Hank Williams, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Ronnie Milsap, Glen C, Dolly Parton, Emmylou H, Tammy W, Anne Murray...and lots, lots more! And Country Roads is one song probably more than half of the music lovers here have heard and know how to sing.

Best part of the scene in India is that in the initial years, we had limited avenues of getting hold of music from other parts of the music often hit the stores in the form of greatest hits of various artistes / genres or got airplay on local / global radio channels. Most of us grew up listening to VOA, BBC, Radio Kuwait, Radio Ceylon, Radio Australia on the big valve box-radios...and thankfully got exposed to a vast repertoire spanning cultures and genres. Am sure the average Indian had probably heard more bands from across the world (UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Asia, Caribbean) than anyone else from the west until the late 80s or even until much later. We have got folks ranging from rock-heads to dead-heads, thrash-bangers to hip-hoppers, rastafarians to rap-amuffins out here ;)

I was fortunate enough to watch LIVE locally, a few bands and artistes like Uriah Heep (1984), Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, and Sting much later...and deeply regret missing out on Iron Maiden when they toured India a few years ago. No Country folks coming this way though sadly. I am hoping to bring in Neil Young and Pearl Jam together to India in the next two years if some of my new plans work out in the near future.

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Bill King 13/6/2018 · #21

@Nick Mlatchkov, I had that tape 4 times. Besides EAGLES LIVE I don't think I bought a cassette more times.#20

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